WHO: The Mike Field Jazz Quintet
WHAT: Part of the “Jazz at Oscar’s” Series
WHERE: Hart House – Arbor Room, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
WHEN: Friday, January 13th, 2012 @ 9:00-11:30 pm
MIKE FIELD and his extraordinary quintet bring their innovative jazz originals and improvisations to the Arbour Room at Hart House, as part of the JAZZ AT OSCAR’S SERIES. Yes it’s on Friday, January 13th and you will only be unlucky if you miss this event! The band will play from 9:00-11:30 pm and it’s FREE!.
Toronto-based trumpeter and composer Mike Field and his quintet will perform pieces from their latest CD ASHES, a collection of nine instrumental tracks that delivers a deep and penetrating array of textures and sounds. Playful and sometimes melancholic melodies from Field’s introspective mind are shaped and arranged to suit the traditional jazz quintet, which includes exceptional players like Carlie Howell on upright bass, Dave Chan on drums, Paul Metcalfe on tenor saxophone and Matt Newton playing piano on the recording while pianist Teri Parker joins the band for live performances. The album features plenty of groove, as well as a completely unrecognizably transformed swinging major blues to minor blues tune called “The Upstanding Translator” and there’s even a waltz!
Field can be frequently heard playing with various bands at local concert venues such as The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, The El Mocambo and The Rex. He has toured Canada three times (with rock/funk band Jay Spectre), played the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and in New Zealand (where his trumpet can be heard in the experimental bossa-nova collective The Inverts). He is also in the well-known reggae collective High Plains Drifter, playing numerous local Bob Marley and Peter Tosh tribute shows.